That's exactly what I'm trying to do.This post is going to deal with some different things.
Firstly, I'm not one to attempt to formulate advice, really. One thing I'd say to people, however, is that you should always make time to work out. Let me apply this to college. Working out relieves stress. Far better than eating does. Eating will merely make you sluggish. Working out keeps you healthy. I wish I would have had the motivations three and a half years ago. In January 2010 I started filtering workouts into my tight schedule. It worked so well and I felt so good. Then August 2010 came, I had less of a tight schedule and my workouts were sporadic. Weird, huh? Well, now I'm at it once again and I intend to force myself to go until all this is natural again.
Secondly, why am I saying this? Well, I'm trying to find the rhythm for this year. I guess you could say it's a schedule...though not everything I do will be so harshly planned. I think it's more...things I want to get used to doing. Things my body will remind me to do. After a week of working out consistently, my bodies going to say "HEY HEYYYYYY. HEYYYYY!!! Workout time!!" And believe it or not, I was very excited to begin this years focused workouts!
At one time, I had conditioned my body (or mind) to do this very thing with writing. Well, after my three and a half years of school, I've trained my body to not be upset when I don't have to write. I know, I know. It's blasphemy....but writing a 10 page paper about...oh, I don't know...anything academic is pretty draining in itself and hardly leaves you the energy of the CREATIVE energy to be able to focus on your novel.
I've gotten better, though. I can actually hear snippets of writing from some new characters, but I have to make a point of writing and editing when I can. People say...write at least 10 minutes a day....well, honestly, sometimes I don't have ten minutes in a day, but my body is always conscious of the fact that I am a writer and that inspiration is all around me. My body is also conscious of the fact that if I try and force myself to write, ALL my creativity shuts down. Like working out, you really aren't going to do something if you're not motivated, and sometimes, you just aren't motivated.
That's okay. Sometimes you're not motivated for a week, sometimes it's two years before you can put pen to paper or what have you and writing....but at least, after those two years, you're still trying to write.
Now, what would really be a shame would be giving up.
With that being said, I'm off to find a rhythm I can combined my insane amount of school work, job searching, working out and of course, writing into (that includes keep up this blog). Wish me luck! And I wish everyone else luck on finding their own rhythm.
Oh, I got a hair cut and highlights...do you like?